D.C. Funk Parade: An Event For Everyone

By Stu Kelly / June 16, 2017

The Washington, D.C. Funk Parade is quite simply one of D.C.’s most inclusive annual events held in the city. Living in a time where political, socioeconomic and racial lines are drawn on a daily basis it’s refreshing to see an event that caters to everyone. No matter what your age is, your background, your beliefs, your sexual orientation or where you came from the Funk Parade is a place where you will be accepted. It’s an event that draws over 70,000 people to rejoice in music and the vibrant arts throughout Washington, D.C. 

The event seems to be getting more successful every year and the 2017 installment was a giant leap in the right direction. Our own Jason Herman was on hand to capture the magic with notable images of Mary El, AZTEC SUN and the festivities around the acutual parade itself. 

Throughout the day, Jason discovered one of many special moments that occured outside of the Bohemian Caverns, a former legendary staple for Jazz music in D.C. that had to close its doors recently.

Jason shared the following message about what he saw.

One of the most legendary D.C. institutions, Bohemian Caverns, may now be closed, but outside the bones of this hall, the music was alive and well. Founded in 1926, Bohemian Caverns has played host to Jazz Legends including Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Charles Mingus to name a few. It was exceptionally heartwarming to see not only music alive and well outside of this dormant institution, but to also witness music being passed down from one generation to the next. The son of one of the trombonists quickly picked up his father’s trombone and began to play it and mimic the passionate playing of his father. Rest in peace, and in our hearts, Bohemian Caverns, but long live the passion of music and may it forever be passed down with love and affection from one generation to the next. 

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